The UCL CEPIP course is an integrated clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescribing course which has been developed by pharmacists for pharmacists.
Successful completion of this course leads to the professional award of Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, enabling pharmacists to apply for annotation of their name on the register as an Independent Prescriber. This course is fully accredited by the GPhC.
This Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (CEPIP) Course can be studied as a stand-alone course leading to the academic award of PG Certificate in General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing). It can also be studied as an optional module for the Foundation Stage 2 of the UCL PG Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice leading to the academic award of PG Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing).
About the CEPIP course
UCL School of Pharmacy has a long established tradition of supporting and facilitating the training and development of practicing pharmacists. Independent prescribing is becoming an integrated feature of health service delivery in both primary and secondary care, allowing pharmacists and other health care professionals able to qualify as non-medical prescribers to benefit both patient care and service delivery.
We have developed this prescribing course through consultation with key stakeholders, including service providers, clinical practitioners and pharmacist independent prescribers, to meet the needs of pharmacists wishing to train as non-medical prescribers in primary or secondary care. The course is specifically designed to meet the needs of pharmacist prescribers working in medicines optimisation, GP practice, Urgent and Emergency Care and provision of NHS 111 services and care homes.
The UCL CEPIP course has been developed from the outset as an integrated clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescribing course. ‘Clinically enhanced’ refers to the additional skills that you will acquire around history taking and physical examination as part of the UCL independent prescribing course. This element has been included to enable you to clinically assess patients using focused medical history taking and physical examination skills whilst having an awareness of additional tests and referral pathways to aid in diagnosis. The course will also enable you to safety-net patients and manage risk.
The overall aim of the CEPIP course is to enable pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to undertake safe, appropriate and cost-effective independent prescribing in partnership with patients, carers and members of the multi-professional team. Pharmacists will develop a critical understanding of: systematic approaches to clinical assessment, diagnosis, and making prescribing decisions within their scope of practice; the use of evidence-based information to guide prescribing decisions within a clinical governance framework; and, the legal, ethical and professional issues related to prescribing practice. Within the course they will gain practical experience in diagnostics and both mental and physical health assessment.
The course design and assessment strategy are closely aligned to ensure that pharmacists fulfil GPhC requirements to qualify as an Independent Prescriber, attain academic and professional skills to provide excellent clinical care, and continue to develop in their future career.
Programme Entry points (2020/21)
Mode and duration
Part time, normally studied over six months but can be extended to nine or twelve months
Tuition Fee (2020/21 academic year)
For October 2020:
Applications open 8th June 2020 and close on 7th August 2020 at midday.
For April 2021:
Applications open on 12th January 2021 and close on 8th February 2021 at midday.
- Entry Requirements
The entry requirements for the course are stipulated by the GPhC. Pharmacists wishing to apply for this course must fulfil the following requirements:
1. be a pharmacist registered with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
2. have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year
3. have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to the intended area of prescribing practice
4. demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD.
5. able to provide written endorsement from an appropriate medical practitioner (the 'designated medical practitioner' - DMP) that s/he will supervise the 'learning in practice' element of the Course, in the clinical area in which the pharmacist intends to prescribe independently immediately on qualification.
- English Language Requirements
Applicants must be registered pharmacists with the GPhC or PSNI and so must be able to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional body relating to communication.
Applicants must be registered pharmacists with the GPhC or PSNI and have patient orientated experience in the UK. The Learning in Practice element of the course must be undertaken in the UK under the supervision of a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the Department of Health Criteria for the supervision of Learning in Practice time for Independent Prescribing Courses.
The programme draws on a range of assessment methods which address knowledge, competence and performance, using the following approaches:
- Case studies
- Critical Reflection
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
- Portfolio including practice based assessments
Pharmacists must pass each element of assessment in order to pass the course.
- Study Dates
For the course commencing in October 2020
Due to the COVID situation, we have made some changes to how we deliver the course. We have reduced the number of study days that require attendance at UCL and have reconfigured them as on-line workshops delivered via webinar. You should treat the on-line workshops as you would a face-to-face study day and ensure that you have protected time to attend. You will need a device connected to the internet and with a microphone to enable you to contribute to the discussions.
Please be aware that attendance at the on-line workshops and the face-to-face teaching is compulsory.
The dates for the online teaching and the face-to-face teaching at UCL are listed below:
On-line teaching via webinar
Wed 14th October 2020 2pm – 6pm
Wed 21st October 2020 2pm – 6pm
Wed 4th November 2020 2pm – 6pm
Wed 18th November 2020 2pm – 6pm
Wed 2nd December 2020 2pm – 6pm
Face to face teaching at UCL
Wednesday 6th January 2021 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 13th January 2021 9am 5pm
Wednesday 20th January 2021 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 27th January 2021 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 3rd February 2021 9am – 5pm
OSCE date – to be confirmed
For the course commencing in April 2021
On-line teaching via webinar
Wed 21st April 2021 2pm – 6pm
Wed 5th May 2021 2pm – 6pm
Wed 12th May 2021 2pm – 6pm
Wed 26th May 2021 2pm – 6pm
Wed 28th July 2021 2pm – 6pm
Face to face teaching at UCL
Study day 1 Mon 7th June 9am – 5pm Wed 16th June 9am – 5pm
Study day 2 Mon 21st June 9am – 5pm Wed 23rd June 9am – 5pm
Study day 3 Mon 28th June 9am – 5pm Wed 30th June 9am – 5pm
Study day 4 Mon 12th July 9am – 5pm Wed 7th July 9am – 5pm
Study day 5 Mon 19th July 9am – 5pm Wed 21st July 9am – 5pm
Please note: Two dates are indicated for each study day in order to give practitioners and trusts a bit of flexibility. Practitioners are only required to attend one of the two dates and will chose which of the dates they attend.
- Teaching and Learning
The course comprises of on-line workshops, and a minimum of 90 hours of learning in practice time, together with private study and completion of the assessments.
Due to the COVID situation, we have reduced the number of study days that require attendance at UCL and have reconfigured them as on-line workshops delivered via webinar. You should treat the on-line workshops as you would a face-to-face study day and ensure that you have protected time to attend.
There will be an opportunity to attend one face to face clinical assessment skills study day. This will not be made mandatory due to the restrictions of COVID. For students, who are unable to attend will be supplemented with related on-line webinars.
UCL is constantly reviewing COVID related guidelines and if the opportunity arises for us to resume face to face teaching you will be duly informed.
The online learning is provided via UCL’s Virtual Learning Environment and provides a mix of learning resources and activities to consolidate your learning and help you to put your learning into practice.
You will be required to attend the online workshops. This will also include the online OSCE assessment. Please note that attendance at all SIX study days is compulsory in order to fulfil the GPhC requirements for the course.
The minimum of 90 hours of learning in practice time must take place under the supervision of your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Please see the Designated Medical Practitioner Role FAQs for more information on the role of the DMP.
- How to Apply
Applications are made by completing both an online application form AND an application pack.
Both parts must be completed in full and submitted by the relevant application deadline. Applications with missing/incomplete information or that do not meet the entry requirements will not be considered.
Applicants should read the Application Guidance document carefully before attempting to complete either the application form or pack.
The application pack requires references and signed forms from both the employing/supporting organisation and the DMP. Applicants should allow plenty of time to complete this pack prior to the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Successful applicants will also be required to formally enrol in person at UCL prior to commencing the course.
The application process is as follows:
1. Complete the online application form when it goes live (Click Accept and apply, search for School of Pharmacy and apply to the PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing))
2. Once the application form has been checked, an email will be sent inviting the applicant to upload their completed application pack and any supporting documents to the Portico online portal. This can take a few days to process from submitting your online application form so please be patient. Do not email the application pack to the admin team in the meantime.
3. Once the invite email has been received, the completed application pack and supporting documents should be uploaded to the Portico portal for review by the academic team. Files cannot exceed 2MB in size – larger documents will need to be split into smaller documents before uploading. Applicants are advised to complete the application pack electronically as much as possible and only upload scans of relevant signature pages where necessary to keep file sizes down. There is no limit to the number of files that can be uploaded. Valid file extensions are: JPG, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PNG, GIF, MSG or TXT. Please note that ZIP files cannot be uploaded.
UCL Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice practitioners
Practitioners currently enrolled on the UCL Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice programme who are looking to complete the CEPIP course as the Foundation Stage Two part of their Diploma do not need to complete the online application form. Their application pack and supporting evidence should be emailed to email@example.com by the application deadline.
Applications are now closed for the April 2021 intake. Applicants will be notified in March 2021 whether or not their application has been successful. Please do not enquire about the outcome in the meantime.
- Frequently Asked Questions
The most commonly asked questions can be found here. Please review the documents below.